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  • Sarah Silverman's 'Indecent Proposal' and what that means for modern politics

    By Rob Eshman

    July 17, 2012 | 5:30 pm

    By the time you read this, you probably will have watched Sarah Silverman in her underwear, demonstrating a lesbian sex act with her dog.

    Because that’s the way politics works these days.

    Silverman wrote and stars in a short video, called “Scissor Sheldon,” posted at...

  • Three Jews walk into a Starbucks

    By Gina Nahai

    May 9, 2012 | 12:35 pm

    I was sitting in the Starbucks in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C., listening to two men talk about a three-day hike through Israel’s Arava desert, when Bayaaz Khanoom appeared.

    It was day two of the American Jewish Committee’s three-day Global Forum. I was...

  • Letters to the Editor: Dennis Prager, Jewish Service Corps, Conservative Congregants

    May 9, 2012 | 11:45 am

    Distorting the Truth

    Dennis Prager was given the opportunity to respond to a letter sent by a reader (Letters, April 27). I’d like to respond to his response. He asserts, “It was racists in the Democratic Party, not conservatives or Republicans, who blocked civil rights for...

  • Making a book out of making himself a man

    April 4, 2012 | 2:34 pm

    Joel Stein throws himself into things. I know this personally, because he threw himself into making me eggplant parmesan the week my son was born. He and his lovely wife delivered it personally, with bread and wine, braving the dangers and dog barks of Koreatown to feed two hungry,...

  • I can’t be the badly dressed mom at pickup time

    April 4, 2012 | 2:11 pm

    Today, I stopped home to change my outfit before picking up my kid from day care.

    What, because you never know who might snap a photo as I lure my child into his car seat with the whispered promise of a Grover juice box? No one cares. Except now that I’m a parent, I care deeply...

  • Jill C.

    January 26, 2012 | 5:17 pm

    If I had to pick out the adventurous girl in a crowd, Jill would be one of the last I’d point to. Whether that has to do with my horrible perception or her initial caginess, I don’t know. But she surprised me at almost every turn as she crawled out of her proverbial cage. She...

  • Who owns a horror?

    By Susan Freudenheim

    November 22, 2011 | 4:28 pm

    At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art right now, in the ground-level hall of the Art of the Americas building, right off the main courtyard, a life-sized, lifelike sculptural installation shows a black man being castrated by a group of five white men wearing cartoonish masks.

  • Opinion: Grateful for what?

    By David Suissa

    November 22, 2011 | 4:23 pm

    One of the great human virtues is gratitude. In Jewish tradition, we are encouraged to make at least 100 blessings of gratitude a day. The very first words we say every morning are “I give thanks before you, eternal King, for having restored to me my soul.”

    In fact, the idea of...

  • JewCLA?

    October 21, 2011 | 1:56 pm

    I have a Jewish daughter in 12th grade, which means one thing: college applications. The fact that she is applying is a given; my husband and I have followed the long-standing Jewish tradition of brainwashing our children into believing that college is nothing more than grades 13...

  • Popcorn, a prayer and a trip to Israel

    October 20, 2011 | 3:18 pm

    I had suffered from extreme dog deprivation for years and had resisted getting a canine friend as a single person with crazy hours. Shortly after I got engaged in the spring of ‘97 I received a call from one of my dearest friends. One of our mutual clients, a little boy, had parents...

  • Opinion: The big picture

    By Rob Eshman

    September 21, 2011 | 6:25 pm

    Patrick Goldstein writes “The Big Picture,” a column for the Los Angeles Times.

    A few years ago, after a mutual friend introduced us, Goldstein proceeded to tell me that he reads The Jewish Journal every week. He discovered it at Fromin’s Delicatessen in Santa Monica, one of...

  • Opinion: Breaking through

    By David Suissa

    September 21, 2011 | 6:22 pm

    I often wonder what would happen if political leaders were replaced by creative directors of advertising agencies. You see, in the ad business there’s a law against boredom.

    If we don’t come up with new and fresh ideas all the time, we get fired. Politics is the opposite —...

  • Jews by choice

    September 16, 2011 | 5:08 pm

    There are a lot of fun things about being Jewish: Adam Sandler, Purim, having an opinionated Jewish grandmother, Israel (most of the time), Chanukah. Although much can be said of the Jewish High Holy Days, I’m quite sure no one has ever described them as fun. Yet, for most of us,...

  • Opinion: Prep for costly fight as Berman, Sherman keep gloves on

    By Bill Boyarsky

    August 24, 2011 | 3:18 pm

    The Howard Berman-Brad Sherman story is loaded with angles — Jewish, Latino and, what may be most important, financial. 

    The Jewish angle is potentially divisive to the Jewish community. Reapportionment has placed these two top Jewish congressmen in the same San Fernando Valley...

  • Opinion: Still the only solution to the world’s problems

    By Dennis Prager

    August 17, 2011 | 12:24 pm

    There is only one solution to the world’s problems, only one prescription for producing a near-heaven on earth.

    It is 3,000 years old.

    And it is known as the Ten Commandments.

    Properly understood and applied, the Ten Commandments is really all humanity needs to make a beautiful...

  • David Suissa: The Monzur revolution

    By David Suissa

    July 26, 2011 | 6:56 pm

    It’s a little too soon for Time magazine to name its Person of the Year, but I want to put in an early vote for Rumana Monzur, who on June 5 was brutalized by her husband in their Bangladesh home and has decided to speak out on behalf of all abused women.

    I’m warning you — you...

  • The Rough Guide

    By Rob Eshman

    July 19, 2011 | 5:48 pm

    In Barcelona’s Old City, there’s a narrow street off the well-trod tourist path that leads to what was once the Jewish quarter. In 1391, 100 years before the official start of the Inquisition, Barcelona massacred many and expelled the rest of its Jews, who historians say made up...

  • Dennis Prager: Adults who do not speak to a parent

    By Dennis Prager

    July 19, 2011 | 5:40 pm

    For two decades I have been on a crusade: to convince adults who have cut off all communication with a parent to re-establish contact.

    Through my radio show, which deals as much with personal issues as with politics, I became aware of something that, as a parent, I view as a...

  • I’m a believer

    By Rob Eshman

    June 8, 2011 | 10:58 am

    I was a Jewish school skeptic.

    When it was time to send our first child, our son, to school, my wife, a rabbi, insisted it be a Jewish school. I wondered, like a lot of parents, whether the quality of the education would be so superior to the local public school, or a similarly...

  • An answer to cancer

    April 25, 2011 | 12:38 pm

    My mother, who for years dreamt of holding her own baby in her arms, beamed as she held me, her firstborn. My beloved late grandmother, whose diplomatic skills were on par with Muammar Gadhafi’s, took one look at me and proclaimed, “Now you have a daughter, so now you can...

  • The naked Nielsens

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 20, 2011 | 5:23 pm

    The metrics are wearing no clothes.

    How would you react if you found out that the basis of your business model was bogus?  That’s the nightmare that the television industry is finally waking up to, and I bet that online media won’t be far behind.

    The TV business is built on...

  • The Arab Seder

    By Rob Eshman

    April 12, 2011 | 6:22 pm

    This has been a good year for freedom.

    The Arab spring that began in Tunisia spread through Algeria, Egypt, Syria, Libya, Jordan, Yemen, Bahrain. The pharoahs who haven’t fallen are plenty nervous.

    For decades they enjoyed a stable social contract with their people: You put up...

  • Larry David: Thanks for the tax cut!

    December 21, 2010 | 10:32 am

    From NYTimes.com:

    THERE is a God! It passed! The Bush tax cuts have been extended two years for the upper bracketeers, of which I am a proud member, thank you very much. I’m the last person in the world I’d want to be beside, but I am beside myself! This is a life changer, I...

  • Dis-assimilated

    By Rob Eshman

    December 15, 2010 | 5:24 pm

    It was a very Jewish week, even more than usual.

    On Tuesday, I had a conversation on stage with Rabbi Uri Herscher at an annual Chanukah brunch at the

    Skirball Cultural Center, which he founded and runs. 

    At one point, Herscher asked me to name the five issues I find myself...

  • A Yeshiva boy and Christmas

    By Dennis Prager

    December 15, 2010 | 10:24 am

    When I was 20, I spent my junior year in college in England. When classes let out for the last two weeks of December, I traveled to Morocco, where something life-changing occurred.

    What happened was that I felt a longing, even an emptiness, I had never before experienced. Something...

  • I take Israel personally

    By Marty Kaplan

    November 22, 2010 | 11:22 am

    I take Israel personally.

    I also take Obama personally, and Jon Stewart, Paul Krugman and NPR. I take Trojan football personally. If I were more into baseball, I imagine I’d take the Dodgers personally, too.

    What I mean by taking them personally is more than being a fan. I...

  • Patriotic Extortion

    By Marty Kaplan

    February 9, 2009 | 3:59 pm

    Like religious zealots whose tiny parties hold Israeli governing coalitions hostage, three Republican senators have the Democratic Congress by the short hairs.  Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, along with Maine’s two Senators, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, have improbably been...

  • My Work Is Not to Blame for Jew-Haters

    By Bernard Goldberg

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Usually I only respond to fair and thoughtful criticism, but I'll make an exception in this case, because people I respect tell me that Rob Eshman, the editor-in-chief of this publication, is both a smart and decent guy.

    Recently, he wrote a column on July 29 about my new book --...

  • Curb Your Verbosity

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Do rabbis have to be wordy? Actually, no -- or at least, not according to Sinai Temple's Rabbi David Wolpe. For the past eight years, Wolpe has been doing the unthinkable and actually condensing his lofty thoughts into succinct, easy-to-read-and-digest 200-word essays in the New...

  • Unfunny Business

    By J. D. Smith

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I sat down to write my regular column today. I had some pithy observations about a wedding I attended over the summer. It had all the makings of a witty little number. And then the World Trade Center blew up and the world is a vastly different place since when I wrote my last column....

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